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TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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Fleener was a disaster in redraft leagues last year, but he did provide two games over 20 points, something only 13 other tight ends did in 2016, and important in best ball leagues. There's room for growth with another year in the offense under his belt, but even if Fleener doesn't improve, he'll add to your bottom line as a third tight end as long as he does what he did last year.
Fleener thoroughly disappointed last year because he struggled to pick up the Saints scheme. A good but not great athlete, fans and media have expected too much from Fleener from the start. Even so, Drew Brees and the Saints scheme has been known to support lesser receiving talents. New Orleans has already lost its starting left tackle for the year and the short and intermediate passing game will take on a greater importance. It makes Fleener a reasonable investment.

Summary

Coby Fleener was not as successful in his first season with the Saints as many expected. Previously the Saints tight ends had dominated, with Ben Watson having a career year in 2015 catching 74 passes for 825 yards and 6 TDs. For the three seasons before that, Jimmy Graham had averaged 85 catches for 1,030 yards and 12 TDs. Fleener produced only 50 catches for 631 yards and 3 TDs. These numbers were not any better than he had averaged in Indianapolis. He seemed to struggle at times with the offense and lost snaps to Josh Hill in mid-season before Hill injured his fibula and went on IR. At this point, he remains the starter but it would not be surprising if Fleener faces pre-season competition for playing time at tight end this year. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 14, 6, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 20
Overall Redraft - 96, 54
TE Redraft PPR - 14, 6, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 18, 21
Overall Redraft PPR - 95, 54
TE Dynasty - 19, 14, 19, 20, 22, 22, 30

Stats and Projections

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2014 IND 16 51 774 8
2015 IND 16 54 491 3
2016 NO 16 50 631 3
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 50 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 55 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 50 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 53 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 141
TE: 15
Overall-PPR: 133
TE-PPR: 14

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2017 Schedule

1@ Minnesota Vikings
2vs New England Patriots
3@ Carolina Panthers
4@ Miami Dolphins
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Los Angeles Rams
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Atlanta Falcons
15vs New York Jets
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers